Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
BELGRADE - Commonwealth and African javelin champion Sunette Viljoenis well on track to add to her international medal haul in Serbia tonight.
Viljoen will take part in the 25th World Student Games final at FC Red Star Belgrade Stadium at 8.50pm, where she is one of the South African favourites to clinch gold.
She qualified for the final in great style by winning the qualifying round on Tuesday with a throw of 65,44m, a new South African record.
A student at the University of North West, Viljoen shattered Justine Robbeson's previous national mark of 63,49m.
The 22-year-old is now ranked fourth in the world as a result of Tuesday's throw. She was 13th before the competition in Belgrade.
She will face the likes of Vira Rebryk of Ukraine, who threw 59,36m on Tuesday, Mareike Rittweg of Germany (58,62m) and Australian Elisabeth Pauer (58,19m) in the final.
Team SA head of delegation Sanele Madlala said: "We are happy for Sunette for smashing the national record on Tuesday, we are now keeping our fingers crossed for a medal in javelin."
Meanwhile, Limpopo's Pharson Magagane has been eliminated after finishing a disappointing seventh in the first round of the 1500m in a time of 3min:46,60sec.
But another South African, Mthobisi Baloyi, is through to the second round after clocking 3:43,37 in his heat.
lRamatsiyi Moholoa is in Serbia as a guest of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, and University Sport South Africa.